Moisture Balance for An Alien Planet – Amazing Space Tech

The Vega Venusian Space Probes

The Vega Venusian Space Probes Equipped for Atmospheric Moisture Analysis

Moisture analyzers on earth can use gravimetric methods like loss on drying to measure the moisture content in a sample.  However, what do you do when you need to measure atmospheric moisture content and that too on a different planet?  This paper examines the working of the moisture meter used in the spacecraft Vega 1 and 2 sent to Venus.  This is another fascinating insight into space technology.  Consider that the spaceships have to travel through space before plunging into the Venusian atmosphere.  Sensors and other instruments are built to withstand the harsh extremes of temperatures in space. That in itself is a feat of engineering par none.

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More